First up, Tom Webster: Edison Research:
Funny – he read some of his spam for us. I think he does this in a podcast format sometimes.
Next up: Founders of Blogworld. They are changing the name of Blogworld & New Media Expo to … New Media Expo (NMX). Makes sense.
Next up: Chris Brogan
Anyone had the feeling that you just wrote your best post ever, and it goes nowhere … but a throwaway post gets huge? He’s had that (I have too).
“I’m too busy to blog right now” – shut up already. Everyone’s too busy. How do you find time? Don’t get distracted by emails, social media, etc. Write in time bits – 20 minutes or so at a time.
Make a framework for how you blog. For example – find a pic, write something personal first, then write 2-3 paragraphs about the topic, then ask for something at the end. Chris usually writes using this frame.
Practice. Like musicians. Work on having passion in your work.f you have really great technical skills but don’t have passion, you won’t go far.
“I don’t know how to find any topics” – take lots of photos. Then turn it into a post. This gets you out of one type of thinking and into another.
Put emotions into your post. People connect with that.
Making money on your blog – Google Adsense won’t get you too far. Amazon Affiliates won’t get you there either. In fact, most of the ways you find money will be indirectly. Affiliate programs might be useful.
Don’t ever write “sorry, I haven’t written on this blog in awhile.” Just write. Try to get it to once a week.
If you have a huge sidebar with links to Twitter, Youtube, etc – you are sending people away from your content and your home base site.
Don’t worry about being consistent. Especially if you’re just having fun.
If you think of your blog as a business, look at magazines, and figure out what magazine you are.
There are a lot of knobs to fiddle with – don’t pay too much attention to those. He gets lots of questions like “should I use disqus or livefire for comments?” His answer – who cares?
Pride does not replace hard work. He gets lots of praise and lots of criticism. Both are a trap. Believe the praise, and you become a jerk. Don’t believe the haters either. Nothing replaces the hard work. It took Chris 8 years to get his first 100 readers.
Always reply. Don’t suck up to the big guy – talk to the little guys.
The hard work isn’t writing a blog … it’s connecting with people and talking to them with their stuff. Remember their names.
Be yourself, and be brave.